Double Crested Cormorant at Blackwater NWR.

I don’t usually go to Blackwater at this time of year, but it’s been so slow around here I thought I’d try it. I did OK, and missed several good birds, so it was worth the trip.

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Many Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

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I don’t recall seeing so many (30-40) Great Egrets anywhere else.

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This Red Winged Blackbird attacked me several times as I walked by his nest.

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This Green Heron was the first bird I saw this morning.

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It’s a little rare to see a Double Crested Cormorant with both “Crests” showing.



This young deer seemed more attractive than most.

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This large Snapping Turtle was crossing the road on Wildlife Drive.

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Julia caught the large (6 lb.) snakehead that Pat is holding above.

Cedar Waxwing at Governor Bridge Natural Area.

A long interval between posts again. It seems to me that birds weren’t so hard to find in previous years.

I’ve been to College Park, Bowie, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore, and no single day stands out as especially good. Maybe I’ll have better luck as June progresses.


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Dawn at Sandy Point.

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Red Winged Blackbirds are calling in every marsh.

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I found this Wood Duck hen at CBEC.

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I hear many more Great Crested Flycatchers than I see.

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This Mockingbird has found a nice blackberry.

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This Northern Flicker was also at CBEC .

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There are plenty of Blue Jays around.

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I was lucky to get any look at this Brown Thrasher.

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This Catbird was in the parking lot at Terrapin.

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This Barn Swallow was at Lake Artemesia.

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This Indigo Bunting is hanging out at Greenbury Point.

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These Tree Swallows are at CBEC.

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This Osprey flew overhead at Greenbury Point.

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These Cedar Waxwings seemed to be courting.

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And a couple of flowers.

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This is the smallest Eastern Box Turtle I’ve seen.


5 Lined Skink at Quiet Waters.

It’s been 10 days since I posted anything; a record for this blog. It started with the flu, then a death in the family and the aftermath thereof. On top of all that, the few times I managed to get out there just wasn’t much to see.

Then, a few days ago, my big Sigma lens had a problem and I had to send it out for repairs.

I’m just going to post what I have without too much comment.

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Canada Goose and goslings at Lake Artemesia.

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Orchard Orioles will breed in our area.

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Purple Martins have returned to Lake Artemesia.

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First Red Eyed Vireo of the year.

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This butterfly has been identified as a “Sleepy Orange.”

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Today’s bugs.


Rose Breasted Grosbeak at Terrapin Nature Park.

After yesterday’s bonanza, I decided to try Terrapin again. It wasn’t nearly as good, but I got some good pics and a bird I don’t see often.

I spent an hour at CBEC as well, but didn’t see much at all.

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I’m seeing more Great Blue Herons now.

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This Tree Swallow may be feeding young.

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The Ospreys were lazy today.

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Snowy Egrets are still a bit sparse.

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Snowy Egrets are still a bit sparse.

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I haven’t seen many Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, so this was a real treat.


Magnolia Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park.

Where to go? There are definitely warblers in the area, but it seems to be a crapshoot. I flipped a mental coin and chose Terrapin, which has been good in previous years.

I chose well. I didn’t find any huge fallouts, but there was a good variety of migrants, and I got a couple of decent images.

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I followed this Yellow Warbler for a while to get a decent image.

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Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching near the parking lot.

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A single Orchard Oriole was near the marsh pond.

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Several Palm Warblers were feeding near the marsh.

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This is a Yellow Rumped Warbler in breeding plumage.

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Baltimore Orioles seem to be passing through in numbers.

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Two Acadian Flycatchers were feeding in the big field.

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This Brown Thrasher wouldn’t come into the open.


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This Yellow Warbler is a male.

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This Great Crested Flycatcher may stay for the season.

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My first Red Bellied Woodpecker in a while.

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I’ve only seen a few Catbirds so far this season.

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This is a male Magnolia Warbler in breeding plumage.

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Three Deer were grazing on the big field near the marsh.

Baltimore Oriole at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Between a week of flu and some very cold May weather, I haven’t gotten out much lately.

I’m posting a few pics from short recent trips, and more from a good trip to Lake Artemesia this morning. We’re finally getting a few migrants in decent numbers.

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Lake Artemesia.

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Red Winged Blackbirds were very active.

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A small flock of Cedar Waxwings was roaming the lake.

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A few Blue gray Gnatcatchers were foraging near the lake.

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This Chickadee may be feeding young.

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This Crow was watching over the lake.

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This Wood Duck hen was swimming by herself.

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I found this Cardinal as I was leaving.

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Several Ospreys are feeding at Terrapin.

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This Wood Duck drake was at Terrapin.

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This Canada Goose was at Governor Bridge a few days ago.

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This Least Sandpiper was feeding at Terrapin.

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You can see the brilliant orange of a Baltimore Oriole from a long way.



Bald Eagle at Terrapin Nature Center.

I haven’t been finding much lately. It’s a kind of mini-doldrum between the end of last season and the beginning of Spring migration. There are scattered migrants here and there, but I’m not seeing many of them.

This post includes trips to Artemesia, CBEC and Terrapin.

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Ospreys were fishing as well.

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This Snowy Egret moved frequently as he foraged.

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I was lucky to get any shot at all of this Green heron who came up behind me.

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An early morning Great Blue heron.

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Another look at The Great Horned Owlets.

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Another Eastern Kingbird.

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FOS Gray Catbird.

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This Red Breasted Merganser was at Lake Artemesia.

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Goslings are hatching already!

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I found a lone Wood Duck at Terrapin.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was at Artemesia.

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Re-working an old Tree Swallow.

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I was just in time to catch this Bald Eagle fishing, Notice the band on his right leg.

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Bullfrog up close.

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An early morning moth.

Common Loon at Lake Artemesia.

I talked to Graeme last night, and he reported a Common Loon at Lake Artemesia, so I made the trek this morning to see if I could find it. I’ve always liked Loons. I got lucky right away.

Other migrants are starting to show up as well, including Orioles.

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I finally got a good look at the Orchard Oriole.

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This Red Breasted Merganser flew in while I was circling the lake.

Carolina Wren 2017-1

I haven’t posted a Carolina Wren in a while.

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Cedar Waxwings have been missing for a while.

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Barn Swallows are making nests in the gazebo.

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This Green Heron flew into the bushes near me.

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This Starling just had a bath.

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This Crow looked good in this evergreen.

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Today’s prize; the Common Loon.



Green Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

It was the first nice day in a week, but it didn’t improve the birding much. Terrapin is still very slow, and CBEC isn’t much better. I guess I’ll have to learn to be more creative with what’s there.

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Only a few Canada Geese are still in the area.

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This Great Horned Owl chick is thriving.

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Eastern Kingbirds are getting common.

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A pair of Wood Ducks seem to be nesting in the marsh pond.

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A few tree Swallows are always flying over the marsh.

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I saw this Green Heron fly across my path, and was lucky to relocate him in the woods.

Canada Geese at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

It was another gray, dreary and threatening morning, but I don’t have much else to do, so I decided to give it a try.
Terrapin was almost devoid of birds, so I didn’t stay long. CBEC was only slightly better, but a few geese made it somewhat interesting.

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This Ruddy Duck is in breeding plumage.

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Snowy Egrets are appearing more often.

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A pair of Ospreys always seems to breed at CBEC.

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Several Canada Geese appeared to be bathing and grooming.